Renowned Human Rights Activist, Loretta J. Ross is Keynote for Evergreen’s 6th Annual Equity Symposium


Submitted by The Evergreen State College

The Evergreen State College is proud to announce the 6th Annual Equity Symposium, being held Wednesday – Thursday, April 17-18, 2024. With the theme of “Building Skillful Coalition,” this year’s symposium aims to empower our community with the skills necessary to challenge the systems of oppression that divide us.

Each year, the Equity Symposium provides a vital space for our community to come together in pursuit of knowledge and skills related to equity, social justice, and liberation. This year’s theme underscores the importance of fostering collaboration and understanding in an era marked by polarization.

The keynote speaker for the 2024 Equity Symposium is the renowned human rights activist, Loretta J. Ross. As the recipient of the 2022 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award and an Associate Professor at Smith College, Loretta brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the symposium. With a career spanning over four decades, Loretta has been a trailblazer in activism and social change since the 1970s.

Ross is known for her groundbreaking work on building coalitions through compassionate dialogue. In her acclaimed work, “Calling In the Calling Out Culture,” she offers a transformative approach to overcoming political differences by emphasizing empathy and respect in difficult conversations. Her induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2024 is a testament to her significant contributions to the advancement of human rights and social justice.

The portion of the event featuring Ross is open to the public but requires tickets which can be found at the Eventbrite site – there will also be a virtual option to register for. For more information about the Equity Symposium, please visit The Evergreen State College website.

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